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Like tens of millions of other people, you want to lose weight. But do you believe you need to deprive yourself in order to do so? Perhaps you think you need to cut out the dairy foods you love in an effort to restrict calories? Far from it! In several groundbreaking studies, Dr. Michael Zemel, a leading scientist and researcher and the discoverer of the calcium—weight loss connection, has proven that a calcium-rich diet actually boosts your metabolism, helping you lose weight–70% more weight and 64% more fat than through calorie restriction alone. By following the simple weight-loss plan in The Calcium Key, you can potentially double your body’s ability to lose weight and fat. The good news for all of us who love dairy foods: eating and drinking calcium-rich dairy foods is the most effective way to deliver the calcium that can jump-start your weight-loss success.

The proven premise of The Calcium Key is simple: eat more calcium-rich foods, lose more weight. Backed by patented, peer-reviewed research in study after study, Dr. Zemel’s revolutionary weight-loss program reveals the precise portions of mostly low-fat dairy foods–yogurt, milk, even the cheeses you love–that will work wonders for your individual weight-loss needs. This easy and delicious plan features foods that are not only downright delicious but are also scientifically proven to satisfy your appetite and reduce hunger. You’ll get thin the safe way while enjoying every meal.

Brought to life with the inspiring stories of real people Dr. Zemel has worked with, The Calcium Key shows you how to:

  • Triple the rate of fat lost from your abdominal area–the "belly fat" that puts you at greatest risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes
  • Determine your individualized calorie requirements for weight loss based on your current weight and level of activity
  • Maximize your low-GI foods (good carbs) and minimize high-GI foods (bad carbs)
  • Tame your appetite with highly satisfying foods

Filled with customized meal plans for your individual needs and packed with dozens of recipes for main courses, soups, snacks, side dishes, and desserts, The Calcium Key is a breakthrough diet book that shows you how to lose weight by eating the foods you love.

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Speed up your metabolism and lose weight with the revolutionary weight-loss program found in The Calcium Key

"Wow--a diet book that is actually based on science! At long last, a book that combines the valid research to support its claims, simple explanations on determining how to put the proven methods into action, and meal plans and recipes to encourage the reader. I literally went and got myself a piece of cheese as I read chapter three and have added low-fat yogurt to my shopping list."
--Alice Domar, Ph.D., author of the bestselling Self-Nurture, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Mind/Body Center for Women’s Health at Boston IVF

"The Calcium Key is a new direction for weight loss that is healthy, tasty and easy. Getting three servings a day of low-fat milk, cheese, or yogurt instead of some of your current choices will burn fat, reduce calories and change how your body looks."
--George L. Blackburn, M.D., Ph.D., S. Daniel Abraham Associate Professor of Nutrition,

Harvard Medical School; and Chief, Nutrition Metabolism Laboratory, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

"Zemel paints on an amazingly broad canvas. . . . He shows how calcium operates at every step of the way--and why a high calcium intake is important for everyone throughout life."
--Robert P. Heaney, M.D., John A. Creighton University Professor and Professor of Medicine at Creighton University

Now the truth can be revealed: cheese, yogurt, and milk are all powerful ingredients in the war against fat. Now you can enjoy the low-fat dairy foods you like as part of a sensible weight-loss plan that really works with the help of The Calcium Key.

  • Increase the amount of weight you lose by 70%
  • Increase the amount of body fat you lose by 64%
  • Lose 47% more fat from your belly
  • Most important, keep the weight off for good!
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047146368X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471463689
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,369,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Lee Mellott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2004
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There are 24 reviews of "The Calcium Key" diet as I write this review. Sadly not one of them tells you about the diet, because if it did I would not have purchased the book.
"The Calcium Key" is a well researched (though the studies were sponsored by the dairy industry), well written book on how calcium when added to your diet can help you lose weight.
The authors obviously spent a lot of time writing the text which is very easy to understand and clarifys the calcium-weight loss connection.
Putting aside any self serving interests that perhaps the author benefited from the support of the dairy industry and the results were skewed, I decided to trust in the authors expertise and focus on the plan.
Sadly the plan is a labor intensive one that very few people will be willing and able to follow long term. It involves as the author puts it, writing down every thing you eat and using an exchange system.
The author lists calorie levels and how many exchanges you can eat for your level (similar to the old Weight Watcher progam).
For example if you are on 1200 calories (and the author teaches you how to determine your caloric level) you get 3 breads, 2 meats, 3 veggies, 3 fruits, 3 dairy and 3 fats.
3 graham cracker squares would equal 1 bread group. 1 cup milk would be a dairy. Sounds simple enough...but then you get into mixed foods like a butterfinger candy bar and you have 1 bread group, 2 fruit (dont ask) and 2 fats.
In order to keep it all straight you must keep a diary and write it all down.
Now that said, I think the author is on to something when he suggests adding dairy to your diet. The combination of protein and fat is much more satiating than say a slice of cake or a cookie.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Veronica from North Jersey on January 31, 2004
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I wouldn't have been considered overweight at all except for a stomach so plump I wouldn't wear a bathing suit. I had tried every diet, every exercise--even running. Until The Calcium Key I was firmly convinced that stomach fat is impossible to lose. After just one month, I have lost 4 inches across my stomach. What is extra great about this diet is that it is rich in bone-building calcium that every women needs, especially those like myself who are in their mid-years. Hats off to Zemel and Gottlieb!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alan on January 24, 2004
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As always, there is the usual onslaught of diet books in January and my need to lose weight after overeating during the holidays. I am constantly struggling with my weight, and so I often feel skeptical and some despair when beginning a new diet and bombarded by all the new books around. After browsing through the book store for a diet book, I was drawn to The Calcium Key based on its scientific evidence. The Calcium Key is a great diet, and I think there is much merit to the calcium-weight loss connection. I adore diary foods -- for me they are the "comfort" foods. With Michael Zemel and Bill Gottlieb's book, my "comfort" foods are now structured, delicious, and actually help me to lose weight. My girlfriend is also thrilled that I have been cooking again (and impressed with how tasty and satisfying the meals are), and she is also losing some weight, too. Check out the menus! My favorite (and I have a lot of favorites on this meal plan) is Stuffed Chicken with Creamy Pesto Sauce. I can't begin to tell you how easy it is to stay on. Another reviewer mentioned negatively the pages of the food diary being unnecessary, but I love having the Food Diary in the book -- it has been enormously helpful, and I have actually printed additional pages and clipped them into my book. I love the whole integrated package. We just had the Baked French Toast with Maple Yogurt and Fruit for brunch, and now we are about to do our Moderate-Intensity Excercise -- what a way to start the day! I feel great and very, very hopeful! I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2004
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I've seen some of the other reviews that state this plan is labor intensive and I write back to you "life is work". Writing down your food is key. You will be amazed at what you "won't eat" if you have to write it down. As for the exchanges, it's like using the food pyramid, which is recommended already. This is not a fad diet plan. The book gives scientific studies, ranging from years of research. The book also states that you can eat what you want, "but portion is key". So, if you are willing to keep track of what you eat and exercise, you can be successful at losing the weight. Also, for those who can't imagine cuttng back 500 calories a day,it's like eating a candy bar and 1 cookie less than you already eat. Now you can replace that with several cups of veggies, just read this book. It's great.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sonja Cannon on January 23, 2004
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You have got to read this book! I have had a weight problem my entire life, tried the Low Fat, the Low Carb, the Atkins, the Grapefruit, every diet that came along. I am an older person, and until I found the Calcium Key, I had a fairly sedentary life style with the result that my bones were getting brittle. I was overweight, and whatever exercise I managed to get energy for was minimal and a huge ordeal. After a week or so of following the advice from the authors, my entire existence began to take on a different quality, my attitude changed from negative to positive, because I've lost 25 pounds in 3 months!! I have MUCH more energy, I'm even dating again!
Read it, follow the advice, and start a new life.
Yours truly
Sonja Cannon
Berkeley,
California
sonja64@earthlink.net
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